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BIO-2011-VU01 - Human Anatomy & Physiology I

Online Class

Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Synonym: 184888

Location: Winooski - Meets Online

Credits: 4
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 05-26-2020 to 08-17-2020
Last day to drop without a grade: 06-11-2020 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-14-2020 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Maxine Fidler | View Faculty Credentials
Materials/Lab Fees: $125.00
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration
This section meets the following General Education Requirement(s):
Scientific Method
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description:

This is the first semester of a two-semester course which examines the structure and functions of the human body. Topics will include fundamental principles of cell and tissue structure, gross anatomical and physiological organization, electrochemical communication systems and muscle physiology. This is a laboratory course that involves hands-on or simulated laboratory experiences. Prior learning in basic algebra, and chemistry or biology are recommended.

Essential Objectives:

1. Describe cellular structure and communication as it relates to the use of organic and inorganic molecules, enzymes, membrane transport mechanisms, cell reproduction, and protein synthesis.
2. Demonstrate the use of anatomical terms for planes, directions, and locations as related to systems of the human body and describe the gross and microscopic anatomical organization of cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems.
3. Identify and describe the histological characteristics of connective, epithelial, nervous and muscle tissues and explain how the physiological roles of each ensure homeostasis.
4. Analyze the integumentary system for its role and structure in the human body.
5. Discuss the gross and microscopic anatomy of the skeletal system and identify the functions and role of joints and articulations.
6. Discuss the gross and microscopic anatomy of the muscular system and the physiology of muscular contraction.
7. Describe the pathway and mechanisms by which skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems interact.
8. Describe the structure and function of the peripheral and central nervous systems, including how electrical signals are generated and communicated throughout the human body.
9. Demonstrate proficiency in understanding, interpreting, evaluating and applying quantitative data and information.
Lab Objectives:
1. Apply knowledge of the scientific method to construct hypotheses, predictions, and lab reports and to design, analyze, and/or critique experiments found throughout peer-reviewed research and laboratory notebooks.
2. Complete labs in the following areas: introduction to anatomy, cellular function, tissues (with an emphasis on skin), the skeletal system, the muscular system, and the nervous system (including the brain and integration of the nervous system).
3. Utilize mathematical techniques necessary to properly collect and interpret data (i.e., unit conversions, standardization, and scaling necessary for data collection, graphing and charting).
4. Apply proper techniques in using common scientific tools to collect data and describe how they work (i.e., microscopes, spectrophotometers, UV sterilizers, etc.).
5. Identify and demonstrate lab safety techniques that are in line with CCV’s Chemical Hygiene Plan, Lab Safety Agreements, and chemical Safety Data Sheets (SDS).

Additional Instructor Pre-Assignments/Notes/Comments:

WHY TAKE THIS CLASS? Are you thinking of becoming a nurse, medical assistant, or physician's assistant? Are you considering medical billing and coding? Are you interested in the medical field, but still trying to decide where you might fit? Are you passionately interested in how the human body works? (SPOILERALERT:if you take this class, you will be!) If you answered yes to any of these questions, this class is for you!

The information in this course is an exciting and essential building block for your career in the medical field. In addition to accomplishing the essential objectives (listed above), you will also learn the following transferable skills:

  • How to effectively manage and learn large volumes of information.
  • How to create "sound bites" of information, in order to construct effective review sheets.
  • Medical mnemonics that help information to stick.
  • Enhanced basic computer skills.
  • A fascinating introduction to the world of microscopes.
  • How the body, including yours, works. (It's amazing!)

Accept the challenge, and you'll learn all this and more. Come join us, we have fun!

This is a dissection-free section. The instructor will be bringing and using Acland's Video Atlas of Human Anatomy as well as McGraw-Hill's (Human) Anatomy Revealed to supplement our study.

Please turn off all cell phones before class begins. Cell phones may be left on vibrate only for an emergency (sick child at home, etc.) The instructor must be notified in advance, if this is the case.

Please note: Minor changes may occur to this course description, up until (but no later than) the first class meeting.


  • Reading assignments
  • Videos
  • Library research
  • Online research
  • Class discussion
  • Small group activities and presentations
  • Quizzes
  • Research paper

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Weekly Discussions 20%
  • Lab Activities 25%
  • Journal 5%
  • Quizzes 30%
  • Research Assignment 10%
  • Final Exam 10%

Please note:

  • Discussions: Main posts are due weekly by Thursday midnight, with peer replies due by Monday midnight. Generally, discussions cannot be made up past the week they are assigned.
  • Lab & Other Activities are due by Monday midnight. I will accept this work up to one week (7 days) after it is due with the loss of one letter grade. Canvas will not accept assignments past 7 days.
  • Quizzes: quizzes are due by Monday midnight, Eastern time. Please plan carefully. This is an online class, so internet outages or running out of time due to starting late are
  • If you have a severe and documented emergency, please communicate with me as soon as possible to discuss potential alternatives.
  • Discussion etiquette: Treat others how you wish to be treated. Disrespectful or disruptive behavior toward fellow students or the instructor will not be tolerated. Some of the best discussions occur with controversial topics provided that we cultivate and maintain respect for those with differing views.
  • Exam etiquette: Any discussion among students or sharing of any information once the exam has begun will be considered an infraction of the honor code. Any student suspected of giving or receiving information during quizzes or exams will be reported to the Academic Integrity Committee in accordance with academic regulations.

Grading Criteria:

90-99: A
80-89: B
70-79: C
60-69: D
below 60: F

Pluses and minuses will be added as follows: pluses will be added for scores ending in 7, 8 or 9; minuses will be added for scores ending in 0, 1, or 2.


Summer 2020 textbook data will be available on April 6. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

BIO-2011-VU01 Textbooks.

The last day to use a Financial Aid advance to purchase textbooks is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Contact Faculty:

Email: Maxine Fidler
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Ryan Joy

Attendance Policy:

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential components of a student's success in college and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. An absence will be recorded if no work is completed during a given week. Additionally, it is very difficult to catch up in a lab course if an entire week is missed. Please commit to regular and ongoing participation.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities: CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please

  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center.
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

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